I know a lot of people who have prayed when they were pulled over.
First Liberty has an interesting case of a woman who was confronted by police for a noise complaint.
Two police officers came to the home of Ms. Sause late at night on November 22, 2013 and demanded to be let in to her apartment, without giving a specific reason for why they were there. Only at the end of the encounter—an hour later—did they tell her that they were there for a minor noise complaint because her radio was too loud.
At some point the police were in her apartment and she began to pray. An officer told her to stop. She sued. This is from the appeal by the officers, so it was written by their lawyers.
So, I have a right to remain silent, but not to pray. And actual exercise of religion isn’t protected by the First Amendment, or elsewhere in the Constitution.? Do they really want to hang their hats on that loose nail?
Reading between the lines, the woman involved seemed to tick off the police early on. She didn’t let them in when they first arrived because she said she couldn’t tell they were police. Waved a Constitution at them. (Legal, but you have to think the police were on edge at that point.)
Policing is a tough job, and tougher when you’re stupid…to misquote John Wayne.
Yes, when the police are there you shouldn’t ignore them to take a call from Aunt Edna, or to do the wash. But can you pray to God?
“Excuse me, officer, I’m asking for guidance from the one who created the universe….”
You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at government expense.
But don’t kneel and talk to God.